Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on Monday warned the Congress – an ally in his government – to control its lawmakers who are “crossing the line”. His remarks came amid leaders of the Congress-JDS alliance government, including some ministers, pitching for Siddaramaiah to become chief minister.
“Congress leaders have to watch all that issues, I’m not the concerned person for it. If they want to continue with it, I’m ready to step down. They’re crossing line…Congress leaders must control their MLAs,” Kumaraswamy was quoted by ANI as saying.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara said that there is nothing wrong with the Congress MLAs expressing their discontent, adding that the state cabinet is happy with Kumaraswamy.
“Siddaramaiah has been best CM. He is our CLP leader. For the MLA, he (Siddaramaiah) is the CM. He has expressed his opinion. What is wrong in that? We are all happy with him (Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy),” he said.
Kumaraswamy’s outburst came after S T Someshekhar, Congress MLA from Yeshwantpur, launched a scathing attack on the Kumarawamy-led government on Sunday, while saying that Siddaramaiah will always remain his leader.
“His contribution for the development of Bengaluru during his tenure as chief minister is immense. The present coalition government has completed seven months but grants for development of Bengaluru roads have not yet been released,” he said while speaking at an event organised by the Karnataka Pradesh Kuruba Sangha.
Siddaramaiah, who was also present in the event, said that he would have completed the development work if he was given another chance as chief minister. The former CM added that his political rivals conspired to defeat him.
Speaking at the event, Eswarananda Swami, pontiff of Kanaka Peetha, said that Siddaramaiah should be made chief minister again. “The government has not released funds for schemes launched by Sidaramaiah. Efforts should be made to mount pressure on the present CM and make him released funds,” he said.
Social welfare minister C Puttaranga Shetty also batted for Siddaramaiah to become the chief minister. “Whatever you say, Siddaramaiah is my chief minister. I cannot think of anybody else in that position,” he said.
The state had remained in the grip of political unrest for several days recently with the Congress on tenterhooks to keep its numbers intact amid fears of poaching by the BJP after two independent MLAs withdrew their support to the coalition government.
Earlier, Siddaramaiah’s comments doubting the longevity of the JDS-Congress ministry and his differences over budget presentation had cast a shadow on the coalition.